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Don Cheadle - The Ninth Annual George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic at Celebrity Golf Classic - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 2nd May 2016

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Captain America: Civil War Review

Excellent

After the formulaic thrills of The Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron, Marvel's Avengers were in danger of getting stuck in a rut, but a smart script for this surprisingly focussed thriller kicks everything into a new direction. What's surprising is that the screenwriters have managed to incorporate a wide range of characters without the film ever feeling overcrowded. Each person has a journey to travel, so the actors get a chance to invest plenty of personality into the action.

After the events of Ultron, there's a political debate about the need to oversee the Avengers' missions. Iron Man Tony (Robert Downey Jr.) thinks a special UN council is a good idea, but Captain America Steve (Chris Evans) thinks that will limit the team's ability to help people. Then Steve's best pal Bucky (Sebastian Stan) is framed for a bombing, and Black Panther T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) is drawn into the fray. The Avengers are forced to take sides, with those supporting Bucky becoming outlaws. Tony recruits Spider-Man Peter (Tom Holland) to his team, while Steve drafts in Ant-Man Scott (Paul Rudd). And as they all face off against each other, none of them realise that this entire situation is being manipulated by a vengeful man named Zemo (Daniel Bruhl).

Watching this film requires the audience to suspend disbelief that these super-powered friends could be pushed to try to kill each other. That never quite makes sense, and indeed the script acknowledges this fact when one person goes down and everyone reacts emotionally. But the high-powered cast is so good at creating these intensely driven superheroes that it's not difficult to go with it.

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The Avengers are suffering from an image crisis. As much good that they do and as many lives that they save, the superheroes also cause unlimited amounts of damage to cities and civilisation. The government wish to find an answer to this problem and they decide that all superheroes should be registered and held accountable for their actions. 

Tony Stark is brought in to begin talks on behalf of The Avengers, knowing how much damage he's personally done under his superhero disguise, Stark see the government's point and decides that a register wouldn't be entirely unwelcome. Captain America on the other hand has no such wishes; The Cap sees any government intervention as something beyond reasonable requirement. In the middle of all this is Cap's old friend Bucky who could be prosecuted under the new laws. As The Avengers are forced to split into two halves, it looks like there's going to be no way for the old team to form any kind of agreement. 

 As their opinions deepen and rivalries are deepens, certain members of Hydra begin to tighten their control and their plans for future domination of the world are getting stronger. The Avengers must find a way to put their differences aside in order to beat the real enemy.

Don Cheadle - Don Cheadle seen arriving at the ABC studios for Jimmy Kimmel Live! - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 13th April 2016

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Bridgid Coulter , Don Cheadle - Celebriteis attend the World Premiere of 'Captain America: Civil War' at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Dolby Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 12th April 2016

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Don Cheadle - World Premiere of 'Captain America: Civil War' at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood - Arrivals at Dolby Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 12th April 2016

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Bridgid Coulter , Don Cheadle - World Premiere of 'Captain America: Civil War' at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood - Arrivals at Dolby Theatre - Hollywood, California, United States - Tuesday 12th April 2016

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Don Cheadle - Don Cheadle at the BBC Radio 2 studios at BBC Western House - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 6th April 2016

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Don Cheadle - Don Cheadle at BBC Radio 2 - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 6th April 2016

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Don Cheadle - Don Cheadle seen leaving Kiss FM studios in London - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 6th April 2016

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Don Cheadle - Don Cheadle outside ITV Studios - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 6th April 2016

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Miles Ahead Was A Lifelong Project For Don Cheadle


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But Cheadle went further, also directing and cowriting Miles Ahead. "From a very young age I was into Miles Davis' music," he says. "His was the music that I grew up listening to, that my parents listened to. It was something that was central in my music life always. So I really wanted to make a movie that Miles would have wanted to see. I knew that we had to find a new way of telling a story that was different from what people expected, just like Miles kept changing his music."

Don Cheadle plays Miles Davis

To do this, Cheadle set out to make a movie that was more "dynamic and creative" than a traditional biopic. Since there are already documentaries and books tracing the key moments in Davis' life, Cheadle focussed on Davis' silent period and how he came back to reclaim his music, paralleling that story with his 10-year relationship with his wife Frances Taylor Davis. 

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Miles Ahead Trailer


Miles Davis' music made him a household name, loved by millions around the world, yet not many people know what the real Miles was like. The story of the man behind the Jazz - sorry 'social' music. When music journalist Dave Braden turns up at Davis' house unannounced looking to speak with the musician about his new material, he's obviously shocked. 

As Miles eventually warms to the Rolling Stone writer, the two find themselves on a quest neither ever thought they'd undertake. Miles realises that his new and unreleased material has been stolen - they must identify and track down the thief in order to return the demos to their rightful home. 

Cheadle said of the project: "To make an entertaining, "rock and roll" movie about a multi-talented musician in a non-traditional, subversive way. To attempt to DO Miles Davis rather than simply chronicle the highlights and lowlights of his life. That process felt like Miles to me."

Don Cheadle - The 58th Annual Grammy Awards - Arrivals at Grammy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 16th February 2016

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Don Cheadle - Don Cheadle and his longterm partner Bridgid Coulter spotted out and about in Beverly Hills at beverly hills - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 19th December 2015

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Captain America: Civil War - First Look Trailer


As the world of Marvel super heroes become ever more entwined, Captain America: Civil War picks up where Ant-Man ends. As the Avengers take on more and more missions, the damage they cause is ever increasing and the government feel it's time to put an end to their unlimited power.

Captain America gains information so sensitive that he knows even his closest friends aren't going to believe it, Captain America and Falcon are alone. With The Avengers now broken into two sides, Captain America believing the superheroes shouldn't be regulated and Iron Man on the other, believing the government have a valid argument.

Can The Avengers overcome their differences and fight a new force that threatens to destroy the world as we know it. Captain America: Civil War sees many of our favourite Marvel character appear, these include: Black Widow, Hawkeye, Spider-Man, Black Panther & War Machine.

Don Cheadle - The eighth annual George Lopez Celebrity Golf Classic presented by Sabra - Arrivals at Lakeside Golf Club - Toluca Lake, California, United States - Monday 4th May 2015

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Don Cheadle and Bridgid Coulter - Shots of a host of stars as they attended the premiere of Marvel's "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" which was held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States - Tuesday 14th April 2015

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Don Cheadle - Shots of a host of stars as they attended the premiere of Marvel's "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" which was held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States - Tuesday 14th April 2015

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Matt LeBlanc, Emmy Rossum, Don Cheadle and William H. Macy - Shots as Showtime celebrated the launch of new seasons Of TV shows "Shameless," "House Of Lies" and "Episodes" The event was held at Cecconi’s Italian restaurant in West Hollywood, California, United States - Tuesday 6th January 2015

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron - Extended Teaser Trailer


The Avengers may be feeling like they are capable of anything after saving New York City from Loki's rampage and returning the deadly Tesseract to its rightful place in Asgard, but the group have a new threat to overcome. As the group; Tony Stark (Iron Man), Steve Rogers (Captain America), Bruce Banner (Hulk), Thor, Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) and Clint Barton (Hawkeye); attempt to enjoy an usually civilised evening together, they are interrupted by Ultron - a backfired project of Stark who is dead set on destroying the human race and branding them puppets in his game. With S.H.I.EL.D. destroyed, their chances of saving the world once again are looking dangerously slim. Now beginning to question just how much power they have, they are forced to regroup for a mission that could finally see their end.

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'The Avengers: Age Of Ultron' Trailer To Be Released During 'Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.'


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Marvel's 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' is currently flying through it second season, amassing between 4 and 5 million viewers per episode. That number is about to explode, however, with the recent announcement that the sixth episode, 'A Fractured House', will contain the first trailer for 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron'. If that news wasn't enough, the announcement came via Marvel's official Twitter page, with an accompanying picture of some of the cast.

 

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Does Terrence Howard Blame Robert Downey Jr. For His 'Iron Man' Axing?


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We all know that Terrence Howard and Marvel came to blows when agreeing terms for the second Iron Man film, with Howard reportedly being dropped by the comic book and movie empire over wage disputes. It turns out that Howard still hasn't gotten over his dismissal, but has recently let it be known that, as far as he is concerned, Robert Downey Jr. had as much of an influence in his dismissal as the heads at Marvel and Disney did.

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Howard thinks RDJ's wage demands are to blame for his dismissal

Whilst Don Cheadle has since given a fantastic portrayal of Col. James 'Rhodey' Rhodes in place of Howard, the Oscar-nominated actor is still annoyed that it isn't him starring in the films still, and he has developed a few of his own hypothesis as to why he is no longer involved in the films. It has been widely believed, with Howard himself discussing his dismissal similarly, that he was given the boot after refusing to take a pay cut for the second edition of the Iron Man series. With a payday almost equalling $5 million for the first film, he was the highest paid actor fin the film, but as he refused to comply with Marvel's wage demands, his part was recast. Speaking on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, Howard has now come up with another excuse to explain his dismissal.

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Less Than A Week After Its Release 'Iron Man 3' Is Already On Its Way To Smashing Box Office Records


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It’s becoming pretty obvious that Marvel’s Iron Man 3 will have no contest this summer in terms of box office revenue. The third installment in the franchise grossed close to $170 million its first week – and that’s just the domestic revenue. Internationally, the flick, telling the oh-so-familiar story of a superhero struggling to balance his responsibility with his complex personal life, is already pushing… wait for it… $350 million. There’s pretty much no contest for a summer blockbuster. Of course, the summer season hasn’t properly kicked off just yet, but that statement seems like a pretty safe one as of yet. Iron Man 3 did manage to take in $17 million domestically in Thursday night sales alone after all.

The juggernaut of a summer blockbuster returns with Robert Downey Jr. reprising his role as the “genius billionaire playboy philanthropist” Tony Stark, with Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle reprising their roles as well. The newcomers to the franchise for this installment are Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall.

It’s possible that last year’s record breaking release of the Avengers – with $18.4 million earned on its midnight release and first week earnings of $204 million – was what paved the way for this film’s success. Whatever the reason though, one thing is clear – whatever tbe brains over at Marvel are doing, it is definitely working.

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Stars Talk Iron Man 3 Ahead Of Hollywood Premiere [Video]


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The Hollywood red carpet premiere for one of the most anticipated films of the year, Iron Man 3, takes place tonight (April 24, 2013) and ahead of the big evening, several of the cast's stars gave their thoughts on what has still be a largely-guarded secret. There's well over half an hour of footage for you tuck into below, including interviews with Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall and, of course, Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr and his shady nemesis for the third instalment, Sir Ben Kingsley - who plays The Mandarin. 

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Don Cheadle attends a press junket interview to discuss his appearance in the new movie 'Iron Man 3' in which he plays the character War Machine. He talks about his initial feelings on the script and what it's like working in a comic book film.

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A Week In Movies: Wreck-It Ralph, No And Hitchcock Hit Cinemas While A Good Day To Die Hard, Fast & Furious 6 And Iron Man 3 Trailers Hit The Web


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We look at Oscar-nominated animated romp Wreck-it Ralph and Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren in Hitchcock

Awards season continues to crank up with Argo taking the lead in the homestretch. Ben Affleck's true 1970s thriller has won the top prizes at the actors, producers and directors guilds, which makes it the favourite to win Best Picture on Oscar night February 24th, even though Affleck isn't nominated as Best Director. On the other hand, he is up for director, as well as film and actor, in this Sunday's British Academy Film Awards, better known as the Baftas.

This weekend also sees the release of the season's final awards-contending titles in the UK, including Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren in Hitchcock and the Oscar-nominated animated romp Wreck-it Ralph. There are also two acclaimed foreign films: Pablo Larrain's inventive Oscar-nominated political black comedy No, and the gorgeous Japanese drama I Wish.

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Denzel Washington Soars In New Movie 'Flight'


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Denzel Washington's latest flick 'Flight', sees him star as pilot Whip Whitacker, a quintessential anti hero, who crash lands a plane, managing to save almost everyone on board, but is later discovered to have been under the influence of a dangerous amount of alcohol. His union then sends him Don Cheadle's character Hugh Lang to fight his case. Amidst this thriller-esque plot, lies a sentimental and tortured undertone, in which Whitacker's strained relationships with his son and late-father are examined. The plot sounds great, but what are the reviewers saying?

Overall, everyone seems to be loving it, with particular high praise for Denzels' role, as well as the rejoice of director Robert Zemeckis returning to live action cinema, rather than the motion-capture cinematography that he had experimented with in movies such as Beowolf. USA Today says "Though the pilot is frustratingly self-destructive, the audience roots for him, which is a testament to Washington's nuanced performance." Rolling Stone praises the film's subtleties as well: "You might bitch that Flight levels off after its shocking, soaring start. But you'd be missing the point of an exceptional entertainment that Zemeckis shades into something quietly devastating." Movieline, however, was less impressed and referred to the "forced spirituality" of it, and considers the ending 'contrived'. The LA Times seems to sum-up the pros and cons of the film in their review: "[Washington's] ability to convey the agony of a soul in torment never lets us down, even if the film that surrounds him never rises to his heights".  

Despite the few negative comments, these are all counteracted by brilliant performances and good cinematography. If you want to check Flight out you wont have long to wait as it'll be released October 14th 2012 (UK) and then November 2nd in the US. 

Iron Man 3 Trailer


Tony Stark may be Iron Man, but he's feeling less than unbreakable these days. Plagued by nightmares and guilty feelings, he is forced to doubt himself and his ability to protect himself and the ones he loves against a new enemy; the formidably ruthless Mandarin. His doubts are only amplified when his world and his power source are brutally snatched from him and left to burn at the hands of his enemy and he is left with his own internal strengths and resourcefulness alone to find the perpetrator and end his reign of terror. Stark is finally made to confront himself and his superhero identity as Mandarin sets out to prove there are no real heroes in the world.

The third instalment of this Marvel adventure, 'Iron Man 3' is set to be the most hard-hitting of the movies so far with questions being raised less about Iron Man and more about the true Tony Stark and his deeper abilities. It has been directed by Shane Black (the writer of the 'Lethal Weapon' film series) who also co-wrote the comic action flick with Drew Pearce ('Lip Service', 'No Heroics'). It is set for a spectacular release in cinemas on April 26th 2013 in the UK.

Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, Ben Kingsley, Paul Bettany, William Sadler, Stan Lee, Yvonne Zima, Dale Dickey, Ashley Hamilton, Ty Simpkins & Spencer Garrett.

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The Guard Trailer


Sergeant Gerry Boyle is a cop, working in a small town in County Galway, in the western part of Ireland, with a love of prostitutes, dropping acid on his days off and a dying mother. Whilst on the job, he doesn't follow the rulebook and he thinks that everyone he's met is an idiot.

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Brooklyn's Finest Review


Good
This darkly shaded cop drama has an effectively moody tone, although it never feels any more gritty or realistic than a TV series. And despite solid acting, the plot feels both contrived and rather lethargic.

Three Brooklyn cops are confronting moral dilemmas on the job. Eddie (Gere) is a week away from retirement when he's asked to help a couple of rookies learn the ropes. But he'd rather just keep his head down. Tango (Cheadle) is deep undercover in a drug sting, threatened by a tough FBI agent (Barkin) to set up his childhood friend (Snipes). And Sal (Hawke) is looking to steal some drug-bust cash to top up his salary so he can look after his pregnant wife (Taylor) and children.

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Iron Man 2 Review


Very Good
Cast and crew expand this franchise in just about every direction with this hugely enjoyable sequel. It's bigger, louder, funnier, darker and more emotional than before. So much so that you hardly notice how thin and choppy the plot is.

After saving the world, cocky arms-maker Tony Stark (Downey) is riding on his laurels and fending off attacks from his smarmy competitor (Rockwell) and a pushy senator (Shandling). Then a mysterious Russian (Rourke) nearly kills him with technology that matches his own. But Tony has another secret problem: his mechanical heart is killing him. He won't confide in his faithful assistant Pepper (Paltrow) or his best pal Rhodes (Cheadle), but he prepares to leave everything to them. Then the shady Nick Fury (Jackson) offers him another option.

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Hotel For Dogs Review


Weak
Recently, film critic Roger Ebert has been bemoaning the fact that even bad movies look good. If he were putting together a list of such flicks, Hotel for Dogs would surely make the top five. It looks great. And it's bad. Really bad.

Hotel for Dogs clearly wants to rank alongside films such as Anna to the Infinite Power, The Goonies, E.T., and Radio Flyer, films that balanced lighthearted playfulness with a darker, grittier reality. Like the recent Spiderwick Chronicles, Hotel for Dogs plays all the same Spielberg/Donner riffs (a cast of doe-eyed youngsters wise beyond their years dressed in corduroy and plaid, moments of adult menace cut with "oh, thank goodness" relief) and even apes the look of these early '80s flicks. Yet for all its nostalgic bravado, the film never feels more than surface, more than flash.

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Traitor Review


Weak
Can a thriller really be a thriller without thrills? Better yet, can an international spy story really succeed by purposefully getting us to sympathize with the enemy? That's the double edged sword being wielded by Jeffrey Nachmanoff with his new film Traitor. Even the title offers yet another bit of bifurcation -- on the one hand we have a deeply religious man (Don Cheadle) working with terrorists to blow up Americans. On the other, we see how he uses his faith as a means of undermining the group's most violent objectives. Of course, this doesn't make the tale interesting or exciting. Sometimes, just being different doesn't save you from being dull.

Samir Horn (Cheadle) was 12 when his cleric father was killed by a car bomb. After years struggling with Islam, he becomes an explosives expert, working within a radical faction. When FBI agents Roy Clayton (Guy Pearce) and Max Archer (Neal McDonough) storm their headquarters in Yemen, Samir and his cohorts are jailed. Soon, he is befriended by Omar (Said Taghmaoui) who recruits him to join his latest mission. Under the guidance of leaders Fareed (Aly Khan) and Nathir (Raad Rawi), Samir will construct 50 bombs, each one destined for a trip on a U.S. cross-country bus come Thanksgiving. As a man of conscience (and secrets), involvement in such a plot will test every fiber of his being -- and his loyalties.

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Darfur Now Review


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Unlike when the genocide began over a decade ago in Rwanda -- when the Western world couldn't be bothered to lift its head from its own navel and figure out what to do -- the increasingly desperate condition in the Darfur region of Sudan has attracted enormous amounts of attention from around the world, with activists clamoring for their governments to do more to stop the ongoing disaster. Writer/director Theodore Braun's Darfur Now serves initially as a decent introduction to the efforts of this diverse group of dedicated do-gooders, presenting portraits of six people from completely different walks of life into a generalized mini-lecture on the state of the Darfur conflict. But although it begins with the most honorable intentions, the film ultimately fails to serve as the rousing call to action it desires to be, swaddled as it is in muddle-headed hero-worship and a soft-focus PSA style.

The smartest move on Braun's part was the selection of the people he structures his film around. Ahmed Mohammed Abakar is a Darfurian farmer forced by the fighting into a refugee camp where he serves as a de facto leader in exile. The Ecuadorian Pablo Recalde works with the World Food Program, organizing the seemingly impossible task of keeping the thousands of Darfurian refugees from starving to death in a harsh landscape swept by dry winds and the marauding government-backed Arab tribesman known as the janjaweed (literally, devils on horseback) who helped drive them there in the first place. Adam Sterling is a young UCLA student and waiter fighting with admirable determination and stubbornness to get a bill signed that would divest state of California funds from the Sudanese government, as a way of not indirectly funding genocide. Producer Don Cheadle, who co-wrote a book on the crisis called Not on Our Watch, is profiled as well for his efforts, along with a briefly appearing George Clooney, to increase awareness and to pressure governments which do a lot of business in Sudan, like China and Egypt, to divest.

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Talk To Me Review


Very Good
Two biopics opened this year (within weeks of each other) that analyze gifted men who rise to powerful positions in their chosen professions before eroding beneath the fringe benefits of their unexpected success. Yet beyond that thematic connection, the movies could not be more different.

The first, Leon Ichaso's El Cantante, scrubs away crucial details when recollecting the life of salsa singer Hector Lavoe, leaving an empty shell that begs for further insight. But Talk to Me takes the opposite approach, constructing such a complete image of proud and passionate radio host Ralph Waldo "Petey" Greene that we immediately understand why the deep flaws in his personality could only have led to his downfall.

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Rush Hour 2 Review


Good
I enjoyed the original Rush Hour, the 1998 action comedy that grossed more than $250 million worldwide. Through its central characters, played by Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan, the film provided audiences with a fresh, exciting combination of action and outrageous comedy. Although not a great film, and certainly not worthy of a sequel, director Brett Ratner admirably stitched together two immensely different characters, finding a charismatic delight in the diversity of Tucker and Chan.

Unfortunately Ratner does not find the same joy in Rush Hour 2, an occasionally amusing comedic adventure that leaves us with a profoundly annoying Chris Tucker fighting for attention while Jackie Chan fights one-dimensional Chinese villains with his bare fists. The film contains some neat action sequences, a great third act, and the most hilarious outtakes I can remember - but the clash of genres feels intrusive and awkward. I wanted more excitement, more character dimension, and a whole hell of a lot less of Chris Tucker's irritating mouth.

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Things Behind The Sun Review


Excellent
Allison Anders not only has enough balls to revisit one of the worst experiences of her life in Things Behind the Sun, but she travels through emotional territory normally unheard of in films based on rape -- namely a male character who is a victim and a perpetrator at the same time.

As a woman, it is always difficult to watch a movie involving rape. When filmed realistically, as Things is, it's impossible to distance yourself from the onscreen pain. And when a film is not constructed with realism the result is anger from shoddy storytelling, or with a filmmaker failing miserably to grasp the emotional honesty in a situation they can't understand.

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The United States Of Leland Review


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In The United States of Leland, vaunted young actor Ryan Gosling ostensibly plays the mysterious title character, Leland P. Fitzgerald, a teenager facing a prison sentence for the murder of the mentally challenged younger brother of his ex-girlfriend Becky, but for the most part he's doing a passable Jake Gyllenhaal impression.

Maybe I've seen too many Gyllenhaal movies, but Leland's slightly hunched posture and quizzical facial expression, indicative of a familiar detached dreaminess, recalls indie prince Jake constantly, right down to the casting of go-to indie girlfriend Jena Malone as Becky (who acted alongside Gyllenhaal in Donnie Darko). To be fair, I wasn't thinking of Gyllenhaal for every second Gosling was on screen. Sometimes I was musing over his unfortunate resemblance to Screech from TV's Saved by the Bell.

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Volcano Review


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Oh, there's nothing like a natural disaster to bring people together! That's the poorly masked theme ("They all look the same!") behind Volcano, the first really big disaster movie we've seen since, gosh, mid-February. It least this Volcanodoesn't blow -- figuratively speaking -- like Dante's Peak did, and that's mainly because it's so much more fun to watch Los Angeles be decimated by unceasing lava flow instead of a puny Pacific Northwest village.

Co-stars Anne Heche and Tommy Lee Jones prove more than able at evading not only the encroaching magma, but also the horde of bad actors that follow them throughout the movie. And while the film is full of creeping cheese, complete with death-defying leaps to safety, slow motion shots, and kitschy one-liners, I shock myself even by saying that, for the most part, it feels real. They even thought to include Dennis Woodruff's infamous car, the cheesiest of Hollywood landmarks, floating along in a river of fire. Where else would they think of that!? I really do love L.A...

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Traffic Review


Weak

"Traffic" is a socially and politically grandstanding soap opera about the narcotics trade and the futility of the "war on drugs." It's a film about how that war is propagated by bureaucratic demagogues in the United States government, not because they think they can stem the flow of illegal substances but because they think saying they want to is a way to win elections.

OK. Point taken.

"Traffic" is also gritty and realistic feat of cinematic logistics, following no less than 15 major characters (and more than 50 speaking parts) through several complex, well-acted storylines about all sides of the drug trade -- from kingpins to cops to policy wonks to addicts. So my hat is off to the picture's ever-brilliant director, Steven Soderbergh ("Erin Brockovich"), who certainly does a fine juggling act, involving the audience in every story on a personal level.

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The Family Man Review


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Nicolas Cage makes a gosh-darn good Jimmy Stewart substitute in "The Family Man," starring as a Wall Street playboy taught a lesson in life priorities when he gets Frank Capra-ed into an alternative suburban reality that includes a wife, kids, a minivan, a mortgage and a job selling tires for his father-in-law.

His performance is superb as Jack Campbell, a toplofty workaholic millionaire of the new economy who is utterly baffled by waking up one morning next to the college sweetheart (Téa Leoni), whom he'd abandoned to pursue his career 13 years before.

How did he get there? Well, after stiff-arming his ornamental girlfriend on Christmas eve and ordering an emergency merger meeting for dinner time the next day, Jack catches the eye of some kind of cryptic seraph (Don Cheadle) by intervening in a convenience store hold up. When he tells Cheadle he has everything he could ever want in life, the busybody celestial spirit decides Jack's karma needs a realignment and sends him whirling into a world of What Might Have Been.

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Swordfish Review


Terrible

Director Dominic Sena seems to fancy himself some kind of John Woo Jr. But John Woo ("The Killer," "Hard Boiled" and more recently "Face/Off" and "M:I-2") is an action genius who has a gift for turning gun battles into ballet and explosions into art.

Sena ("Gone in 60 Seconds") couldn't care less about art as long as his computer-enhanced mega-blasts are as big, as orange, as slow-motion and as debris-filled as possible. And if he can throw in an innocent hostage being blown apart, so much the better.

After beginning with an ironic but incredibly smug speech by film buff bad guy John Travolta about how Hollywood makes such crappy movies, the opening sequence of "Swordfish" fulfills all Sena's high-gloss, low-brow requirements -- pretty much proving Travolta's point.

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Don Cheadle

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29th November, 1963

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